Portsmouth boss unhappy over broken promises

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Portsmouth boss Avram Grant has hit out at the broken promises which have left his side staring Premier League relegation in the face.

With the club struggling to pay its players for the fourth time this term, and needing to sell Younes Kaboul and Asmir Begovic to balance the books, Pompey have only been able to recruit striker Quincy Owusu-Abeyie.


Grant said: "I'm not a quitter and I'm not afraid of problems - for me a problem is a big challenge and I came here with a big challenge. But I'm very, very disappointed with the situation off the pitch and I'm very disappointed that people cannot do what they promised me."

The Kaboul and Begovic deals were negotiated behind Grant and chief executive Peter Storrie's backs, prompting both men to consider leaving Fratton Park.

Both opted to stay, but Grant admits owner Ali Al-Faraj's failure to deliver the new blood he needed during the transfer window has hurt their hopes of survival.

The Israeli took over as manager when Paul Hart was sacked in November and was led to believe he would be in a position to add four new players to his side last month.

He added: "When I came to the team, I knew the situation was not good with the football side, but they promised me everything was good with the financial side and that we would bring four players more.

"So we made a lot of progress on the football side. We took points and the team played good football - not worse than the teams in 10th or even eighth place. We showed a lot of character and were thinking about the next step - to stay in the league.

"We needed to bring in players so that the squad could be good, especially as we had a lot of injuries in the team."

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